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Malmo to gain low-sulphur marine diesel bunkering facility

Malmo to gain low-sulphur marine diesel bunkering facility
To enable ships to bunker with new ECA-compliant fuel requirements (0.1% sulphur limit) introduced in the North Sea, Baltic Sea and English Channel, on January 1, Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) and Scandinavian Tank Storage (STS) are jointly investing in the port of Malmo to establish a dedicated bunkering berth with associated terminal. Statoil will be the fuel supplier.

'Malmö is strategically located for this type of activity, since more than 40,000 vessels a year pass through Öresund,' says Leif Larsson, ceo of Scandinavian Tank Storage AB.

Johan Rostin, ceo CMP, said: ‘For CMP, this initiative means great opportunities. Our assessment is that 170 of our customer's vessels a year will fuel here. In principle, this is one vessel every other day. The blend of oils is absolutely essential for it to be able to function as it should in the vessel. The requirements are exacting. So we feel secure in having Statoil, which provides fuel of a recognised high quality, as supplier.’

The alternative to using this new fuel is for vessels to run a scrubber on board when using fuel with a high sulphur content. Such a process creates hazardous waste, which must be handled onshore, something that use of the new fuel eliminates entirely, said the joint statement.